Market Match: Our Big Win for Low-Income Shoppers Is Happening at a Farmers’ Market Near You

Market Match: Our Big Win for Low-Income Shoppers Is Happening at a Farmers' Market Near You
Market Match is up and running at our three weekly farmers’ markets. This means that CalFresh recipients can come to the farmers’ markets to spend their benefits and get them matched dollar-for-dollar, up to $10 per visit, to spend on fruits and vegetables. Visit FMFinder.org to find a farmers’ market near you that accepts EBT,… Read more »

First Wave of Soda Tax Dollars Goes Toward Public School Garden Program

First Wave of Soda Tax Dollars Goes Toward Public School Garden Program
Last week, community members gathered at the Ecology Center to hear updates about revenue from the soda tax, and how that money is being used to support Berkeley’s public school gardening program. The soda tax, which drew in $116,000 from its first month, is projected to add $1.2 million annually to the City’s general fund.… Read more »

Tiny But Toxic Microbeads Could Soon Be Banned in California!

Tiny But Toxic Microbeads Could Soon Be Banned in California!
Our friends at the Story of Stuff have been busy battling a tiny but toxic threat: plastic beads that are used in cosmetic products like face washes, scrubs, even toothpaste. After they head down our shower and sink drains, these little bits of plastic are too small for water treatment plants to capture, so they… Read more »

Food Stamps, Farmers, and the Drought?

Food Stamps, Farmers, and the Drought?
Dear Friends of the Ecology Center- This year, the Ecology Center celebrates its 45th year! In my fifteen years of serving as the Executive Director, there has never been a more exciting time in the organization’s development. Now, more than ever, the Ecology Center is seen as a leader in the field of sustainability. Our… Read more »

Berkeley Collects First Month of Soda Tax, Projects $1.2 Million per Year

Berkeley Collects First Month of Soda Tax, Projects $1.2 Million per Year
[Press Release] The City of Berkeley announced yesterday that it collected $116,000 for the month of March from Measure D, the sugar-sweetened beverage tax that voters passed overwhelmingly last November. Given that the tax focused solely on a few dozen major distributors, the City estimates annualized receipts of at least $1.2 million. “The implementation has… Read more »